Friday, June 24, 2011

The Mannillo Trail

There is a nature trail off Key Deer Boulevard on Big Pine key and i have been there before. But I have been promising myself a visit with camera to the second and newer trail at this location.We were alone Cheyenne and I except for about two million mosquitoes in the woods. It was kind of stupid to be there at dusk but the days are hot, over 90 degrees and Cheyenne is sometimes reluctant to go for a walk in the heat of the day.
The trail is named for a local accessibility activist who died at the end of the last century. Mannillo apparently craved more than anything to be simply accepted and this trail is the embodiment of that ideal. The trail is wide and flat but it's not Disneyland, you need to look where you are going or you might encounter this fine piece of oolite with a large hole in it.
The helpful signs that line the route are set at a middling height to make them easy to read whether standing or sitting.
These woods, once you are protected with repellent are quite lovely as the sun goes down between the pine trees.
You are never completely out of hearing of civilization even though Big Pine is by far the largest and wildest of the Lower Keys, but it is possible to gain some isolation in Nature.
At the end of the trail there is a viewing platform once again built to a suitable height for someone sitting down to see out, and read the sign boards.
Cheyenne and I were out on particularly muggy evening that we hoped presaged a rain storm, or at least I hoped, though I'm not sure Cheyenne has an opinion about this persistent drought.
Then it was time to blunder back to the car through the growing darkness.

I mean it really did look like a summer thunderstorm was about to descend upon us, but we got no rain at all. This rainy season is totally weird.
No matter how gruesome the skies we seem to manage to get lovely sunsets too.
Cheyenne wanted more walks but I was done with mosquitolandia so we repaired to the less densely riddled area around the baseball diamond on Key Deer Boulevard and we walked till it got dark. When Cheyenne gets in the mood for walking neither insects nor rain drops nor threat of thunder nor even extreme humidity will put her off. Good dog, making up for all those years on a chain.


Florida Native Mom said...

Mosquitolandia. That's a good one. I may have to steal it.

Chuck and the Pheebs said...

I like that section of BPK - it's about as far from KW as one can get and still be in the Keys - from a development perspective.

A nice getaway.

Conchscooter said...

A happy place unhappily hit by